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Empire State Winter Games canceled for 2021

LAKE PLACID — The 2021 Empire State Winter Games have been canceled. In a news release on Tuesday, the games' organizers announced their decision to cancel the 41st annual event, citing uncertainty and safety concerns created by the coronavirus pandemic. The games were scheduled for ...

Governor lets movie houses reopen, with rules

If all your dreams seem to take place in movie theaters, punctuated by trailers and the sound of crunching popcorn, there’s finally some good news. On Saturday, Oct. 17, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that movie theaters outside of New York City can reopen on Friday. Unsurprisingly, there ...

Local medical practice makes switch to Hudson Headwaters

SARANAC LAKE — The merger of Adirondack Internal Medicine & Pediatrics and Hudson Headwaters Health Network has happened. First announced in March, the joining of the two organizations was delayed by the pandemic. Adirondack Internal Medicine & Pediatrics has two locations, ...

Park upgrades on the horizon in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — Two parks, two plans. One everybody knows — Peacock Park. It’s the center of Mirror Lake activity. The other — Power Pond Park — is essentially out of sight, out of mind, but it offers solitude and room to roam. The Appearance Committee of the Lake Placid/North ...

UP CLOSE: ‘You Matter’

LAKE PLACID — Take a walk through the John Brown Farm State Historic Site to see a story with a central message: no matter who you are, you matter. The Lake Placid Public Library, in collaboration with John Brown Lives!, has installed a new exhibit of sorts at the John Brown Farm. ...

Cliffside Coaster opens at Mount Van Hoevenberg

LAKE PLACID — The track climbs a few thousand feet uphill, the rails bordered by bright foliage just past peak. As the car meets the crest, there’s time for a glimpse of Mount Van Hoevenberg in the distance — and a lot of trepidation, for those unaccustomed to mountain coasters — ...

5 COVID cases in North Elba

ELIZABETHTOWN — Five of the 11 active cases of COVID-19 in Essex County on Tuesday, Oct. 13 were in the town of North Elba, including two new ones, according to Essex County Public Health. On Monday, health officials said three new cases were identified over the weekend in the town of ...

Hikers pack High Peaks for past peak foliage Columbus Day weekend

KEENE VALLEY — The smell was one that candle makers have tried to capture for generations. In the early morning hours on Saturday, Oct. 10, the unmistakable scent of fall in the Adirondacks permeated the trails in Keene Valley: pine, fresh air, the slightest hint of dampness. At the ...

Governor takes ‘Lake Saranac’ fishing trip

SARANAC LAKE — Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited Saranac Lake on Saturday, Oct. 10. The governor, who has vacationed in the Adirondacks many times, spent the day fishing with one of his three daughters, Cara, on one of the three Saranac lakes, Cuomo’s office confirmed Monday, Oct. 12. Staff ...

Police: Bank worker stole from customers

LAKE PLACID — An Oswego County woman has been charged with allegedly stealing $35,400 while working at a bank in Lake Placid. The woman, Francesca L. Riley of West Monroe, is accused of transferring money from customers’ accounts into her own account while working at Community Bank, ...

VT puts travel restrictions on Essex County … again

The state of Vermont has again imposed travel restrictions for New York’s Essex County. The restrictions were imposed as Essex County sees its number of new COVID-19 cases continue to rise. As of Tuesday, Oct. 13, there were 11 active cases countywide, seven new ones since Oct. 9. Four ...

NCCC faculty and students ‘roll with the punches’ amid pandemic

SARANAC LAKE — For many schools, the fall 2020 semester has been less a return to classes and more a reboot of an entirely new system. At North Country Community College, most of the learning is being done remotely rather than at its three campuses in Saranac Lake, Malone and Ticonderoga. ...

State officials deploy rapid COVID tests to all counties

The state Department of Health is deploying 400,000 rapid-result test kits free of charge to local health departments, hospitals, pharmacies and other health care providers in every New York county. These rapid tests can produce results within 15 minutes without having to send a specimen to ...

WE ARE LAKE PLACID: Nicole Bureau, Amy Quinn, Zonta Club of the Adirondacks

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid News Editor Andy Flynn interviewed Zonta Club of the Adirondacks President Nicole Bureau and co-founder Amy Quinn on Oct. 3 about the club's mission and history. Listen to a portion of this interview on the "We are Lake Placid" podcast from the Lake Placid News by ...

A recipe for murder

LAKE PLACID — Readers may not recognize any people or places when reading “The Bartender’s Guide to Murder” books, but they will find the familiar spirit of this village on every page of Sharon Linnea’s first of three novels in the series, “Death in Tranquility.” The village ...

The COVID cadence: LPHS teachers offer more music theory in band, chorus

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid High School’s production of “Cinderella” was one week from hitting the stage in March when it was called off because of the coronavirus pandemic. No one knew at the time that musicals at the school — and music classes — would be changing for the ...

EYE ON EDUCATION: LPHS students adapt to band, chorus during the pandemic

LAKE PLACID — Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the music plays on at Lake Placid High School. Students returned to school here in person last month. They arrived back to a new schedule, with new public health guidelines designed to protect them. Some students haven’t returned back at ...

Zonta Club committed to empowering women and girls

LAKE PLACID — The Zonta Club of the Adirondacks has only been in existence for three years, but its members have done a lot to help out local women and girls. The club uses fundraising events to help pay for programs such as providing duffle bags to STOP Domestic Violence. It hands out ...

Lake Placid hotels going ‘gangbusters’ with uptick in tourism

LAKE PLACID — Hoteliers across the country are fighting to keep their businesses open, struggling to attract travelers amid the coronavirus pandemic as bills come due. Lake Placid’s hospitality industry, however, is thriving. Lake Placid hoteliers say travelers are coming in droves, and ...